Last month, a Hoosier hero came home to his final rest.
A Hoosier veteran from World War II was brought to his home state after nearly 70 years buried in a sandy, unmarked grave on an island in the South Pacific.
Pfc. Manley Forrest Winkley and some 1,100 other Marines lost their lives capturing a key airstrip on Tarawa Atoll island during the three-day Battle of Tarawa in 1943. The 20-year-old Winkley took a fatal gunshot wound to the neck on Nov. 20, 1943, the first day of assaulting the Japanese stronghold, according to casualty records kept by a military chaplain.